Al-Megrahi Release: One Year Later, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, September 29, 2010   [open pdf - 253KB]

From the opening statement of Robert Menendez:"There are those within my own government, certainly within the Scottish and British Governments, and even some of my colleagues, who wonder why we have collectively pursued today's hearing. Why I am pushing--and have been pushing--for an investigation into the early release of al-Megrahi. My staff and I have heard from many people who say, ''You will never get al-Megrahi to return to prison, so why bother? Why,'' they ask, ''would we test the strong relationships between the United Kingdom and the United States? Why, when we have so many other important issues to worry about, like Afghanistan, Iran, and climate change, would you go down this road?'' Why? I will tell you why. Because on December 21, 1988, 270 innocent people were sent to their deaths at the hands of a Libyan terrorist, a mass murderer named Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. One hundred and eighty-nine of the victims were from the United States of America. Thirty-four of them were from New Jersey. Fifty-three of them were from New York. All tolled, we lost citizens from 21 States and the District of Columbia." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kirsten Gillibrand, Nancy McEldowney, James Mohler, Geoff Porter, Oliver Sartor, Bruce Swartz, and Alex Salmond.

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S. Hrg. 111-781; Senate Hearing 111-781
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